Lyman H. Cornish, 79, of Long Beach, passed away on Dec. 26, 2013, at a care facility in Raymond. Lyman was born to Lyman and Clara (Paulson) Cornish in St. Helens, Ore., on Dec. 1, 1934. He attended school in St. Helens, Westport and graduated from Knappa High School in 1953. After graduation he start logging. He married Marilyn (Pearson) Cornish in 1966 and started raising a family. He went on to buy and sell rental properties in Astoria and Knappa and Gearhart, had two antique stores, and then went into the restaurant and catering business in Long Beach, where he lived out the rest of his life. He loved art, writing and telling stories, fishing, clamming, crabbing and cooking. He was a real gourmet cook and loved to make a part of entertaining a gourmet delight for his friends and family. Lyman was a real Renaissance man. He was always ready to be an active member of whichever community he was in, and encouraged art being part of the landscape. Many of his artistic friends went on to do just that. Lyman wanted to help a friend, then Mayor Rutherford, to have a gazebo built in downtown Long Beach. He donated all the lumber and the beautiful stained glass windows and helped with the work to build it. He was happy to do it. He was well loved by friends and family, and will be missed more than words can say. Lyman was an avid animal lover and besides his beloved dogs and cats, he loved raccoons. He had several over the years. He never met an animal that didn't love him. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marilyn; a son, Lyman Jr., and a daughter, Jennifer; his sisters, Shirley and Jackie, a brother Dennis and sister-in-law, Teddi; stepsisters Jean and Ruth, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter Julie, both parents, and a brother Norman. At Lyman's request there will be no formal funeral. There will be a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.